127 – The Kid (1921)

The tramp contemplates dumping the kid down a drain.

The tramp contemplates dumping the kid down a drain.

Chaplin again in a written/starring/directing credit for The Kid.Running at a more manageable 54 minutes long The Kid seems to work.The Kid has some good bits where there’s not title cards to know what they’re saying like when the two crooks discover there is a baby in the back seat of the car they stole and one turns to the other with a gun pointed at the baby’s head and mouths the words ‘will i shoot it?’.Dark and funny.The story of The Kid is a woman has a kid and has some sort of post natal depression and dumps it.The Tramp finds it and tries to off load it but there always seems to be a cop around and decides to keep it.5 years on and the two and like best buddies,running scams and splitting meals right down the middle.In the end  up the mother becomes famous for some reason and rich and finds the kid.You can guess the rest.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    7.7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  CHAPLINS GOOD AND ALL BUT I DO PREFER BUSTER KEATON.

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